It Is Time for Imprecatory Prayers!
I began this article by citing a portion of Luk 18. I wish now to return to this great text—and include what I there deliberately left out:
Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart, saying, “In a certain city there was a judge who did not fear God and did not respect man. There was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, ‘Give me legal protection from my opponent.’ For a while he was unwilling; but afterward he said to himself, ‘Even though I do not fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow bothers me, I will give her legal protection, otherwise by continually coming she will wear me out.’” And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge *said; now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them? I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?”
The context of Luk 18 is clear: the LORD will avenge His people. But merely to maintain this very clear point is not enough: the LORD’s people are expected to pursue Him in prayer (“day and night”!) for the justice due them!
That the LORD is the Almighty Judge is beyond dispute. Moreover, it is equally beyond dispute that the LORD will judge all mankind and avenge His people regardless of whether or not the saints ask for His justice to be meted out. But, as this article clearly details, it is also true that the LORD holds His people responsible to ask for His Justice, both by examples and didactic commands!
Some of my readers may wonder why I titled this article “It Is Time for Imprecatory Prayers!”.
The saints of the LORD should pursue Him in prayer with the same type and content of prayer as the saints of old, like King David, Asaph, the Sons of Korah and Jeremiah, as the Lord Christ Himself taught in Luk 18 above and as the Apostle Paul quoted in Rom 11.
If you claim to be a true Christian, yet refrain from praying imprecatory prayers against the evil of our day, then you definitely should heed the Lord Christ’s warning at the end of the text cited above:
“However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?”
Are you be one of those of whom this warning applies or, rather, will you consistently seek Him in prayer to bring upon the wicked the punishment they have earned. Of such rebels, the Bible says tells us this:
But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who will render to each person according to his deeds:
Yes, great evil surrounds us; it’s the foundation of our mass media, our entertainment, our universities and local and global governments. It’s the “standard operating procedure” of the political and "moral" left (who know only evil, foolishness, hatred, malevolence, violence, deception, lying and unmitigated hypocrisy). At the time of this writing, we see this evil in our streets night after night in the breakdown of law and order.
Yes, it’s well past time for imprecatory prayers! Will you pursue the LORD with fervent, imprecatory prayers according to the pattern of Luk 18 and the scores of OT and NT Scripture examples?